Entries in Passport (3)


Man Claims He Used iPad to Cross Into US

Apple Inc.(DERBY LINE, Vt.) -- A Canadian man traveling by car to Vermont claimed his iPad helped save the day after he realized he left his passport, which is required to cross into the United States, at his home in Quebec.

Martin Reisch, 33, said he arrived at Canada’s Stanstead crossing and proceeded to the U.S. border post at Derby Line, Vt. He showed the U.S. officer his Canadian driver’s license, Medicaid card and a digital scan of his passport he had on his iPad on Dec. 30.

"He didn’t say much,” Reisch told ABC News. "He took it with a serious face and went into the border patrol house. Five minutes later he came out and said 'Merry Christmas. You can go through.'"

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Wednesday called Reisch’s story “false.”

“In this case, the individual had both a driver’s license and birth certificate, which the CBP officer used to determine identity and citizenship in order to admit the traveler into the country,” the agency said in a statement.

But Reisch isn’t backing down from his story.

“I can’t lie. I don’t even know where my birth certificate is,” he said. “Maybe they are making an official statement to help lessen the impact.”

The story went viral after Reisch’s friends retweeted his experience.

“I don’t want to start anything,” he said of all the attention he has received. “But this sounds like it’s taking a turn for the worse.”

He added that his experience does make him think about how technology can be used for identification purposes when traveling at some point in the future.

“I think mobile devices could develop applications with security protocols so it’s possible to bring your ID without having it stolen,” he said. “Obviously not just a jpeg scan of your passport.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


'X' Now a Gender Option on Australian Passports

Medioimages/Photodisc(CANBERRA, Australia) -- The Australian government is taking action to minimize discrimination against intersex or transgender people.

The government announced on Thursday that Australian passports will now offer three gender options: male, female, and indeterminate. This measure will enable intersex individuals, those who are biologically not entirely male or female, to categorize their gender as “X” on passports.

Transgender individuals, however, cannot select “X,” and will have to pick between male and female. Their choice must also agree with a doctor’s statement.

In the past, Australian citizens had only two choices: “M” or “F” and were only able to make changes on their documentation following a sex change surgery. Now birth certificates or citizen certificates will not need to be altered in order to have a new passport issued.

The United States also made a similar change in 2010 that eliminated the surgery requisite for transgender people.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Authorities Return Passport to Dominique Strauss-Kahn 

Jim Spellman/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Authorities have returned the passport of ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, once accused of sexually assaulting a New York hotel maid, BBC News reports.

Strauss-Kahn was under strict detention in New York City since his arrest in May until prosecutors dropped the sexual assault charges against him, citing concerns about his accuser's credibility.  Attorneys for Strauss-Kahn assert that any sexual encounter between their client and hotel maid, Nafissatou Diallo, was consensual.

Once thought to be the next candidate to run for president of France, Strauss-Kahn is eager to return home to the country.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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